Tuesday, August 25, 2015

How I learned to Cope with Stress.

This year has  been like the saying goes 'the best of times and the worst of times.' I lost my job, lost my grandfather, was planning a wedding, found a new job, then quit that job and dealt with the fear of financial uncertainty like I never have in my adult life. Needless to say these past months have been an emotional roller coaster. I found myself in the midst of constant stress, more-so than I have ever experienced in my adult life. For the most part I am a super positive person but I found it hard to keep my spirits up when it seemed so little was going right. It was during this time I began to deal with bouts of depression. Depression is not something completely foreign to me as I have experienced issues with anxiety in the past but this instance was something I had never experienced before. You know the cartoon style commercials where you see the character unable to get out of bed most days, going about life with a dark cloud over them. I assumed these were dramatizations. Until you experience it yourself you truly won't understand how depression can completely control your life. 

There were so many days when I dragged myself out of bed when there was nothing else I wanted to do but put the covers over my head and sleep the day away. It's really easy for people from the outside looking in to tell you not to stress, and things will get better, actually  (insert everything people say to cheer you up here). However it's so easy to not see the light at the end of the tunnel and to get stuck in this dark place. It took some time but I eventually learned to cope with my stress. 

One of the biggest things that helped me cope was talking about it. I spent countless days and nights expressing my fears and frustrations to my fiance. Having someone just listen to me and allow me to vent was essential. Keeping things bottled in does nobody any good, it's important to have someone who will lend an open ear and listen without judgement. 

Another way I learned to cope was creating a routine. I started to exercise and read a lot and not to mention wedding planning has kept me super busy. By setting daily goals for myself and completing them went a long way in making me feel productive which in turn made me want to get out of bed each day. I made myself dedicate time each day to doing something I truly enjoy. 

Meditation and Prayer were essential in me crawling out of my depression. I have never been extremely religious but have always been spiritual in my beliefs but going through rough times has a funny way of making you seek out answers. I have made time to pray and meditate daily, even if its simply to be grateful for all the things I have.

Depression is something so many people suffer with daily and although it is less of a taboo subject it can be very hard to understand when you are going through it. It can truly be a whirlwind of emotions but learning how to cope is so important to your mental health.

Have you ever struggled with Depression??? How did you cope??? Let us know in the comment section below!!!

Electa is a Writer/Blogger and a self proclaimed foodie. She is in her 20's and figuring out life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Follower her on twitter @emazing17 and instagram @emazing17

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